SOCIAL ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 2017
Mary Coyle MBE, the Chair of Shared Interest, says: "I am pleased to report in this set of Social Accounts that we have made considerable progress in achieving the goals set out in our 2014 Strategic Review. This year our lending supported over 160 producer groups, helping almost 375,000 individuals in 60 countries, 30% of whom were women."
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Two dolphin attacks on harbour porpoises, a rare sight to actually observe in British waters, have been recorded by local photographers, Jamie Muny and Alister Kemp, close to the shore of Chanonry Point in the Moray Firth, NE Scotland!
British freshwaters are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoid insecticides, with half of the sites monitored in England exceeding chronic pollution limits and two rivers being acutely polluted.
'Omnipresent' signs demonstrating the effects of human impact on England's landscape have been revealed by researchers from the University of Leicester.
Many animal species suffer reduced reproductive success in urban habitats, despite wide-spread supplementation of breeding and feeding opportunities. In some years, the breeding success of city birds is devastatingly low. Biologists have now shown conclusively that in urban blue tits, reduced breeding success is linked to poor nestling diet and in particular to scarcity of caterpillars, their preferred nestling food.
Flower-rich habitats are key to maintaining the vital pollination services of bumblebees, results from a large DNA study of wild bumblebee populations has revelaed, and this will help farmers and policy makers manage the countryside more effectively to provide for these vital but declining pollinators.
Targets for certain waterlife like mayfly larvae and shrimps to be present in Hampshire rivers are being set jointly by the Environment Agency and a fish conservation charity, and it is a move that could inspire river management nationwide.
The last living remains of an ancient sponge species, which built the foundations of the contemporary European landscape, are to to be offered protection.
Scientists working with the charity Salmon & Trout Conservation UK have discovered the non-native demon shrimp Dikerogammarus haemobaphes in both slow and fast flowing UK rivers, and they fear this could be disastrous for the future of our native aquatic wildlife.
Students can now study coral reefs in real time from the perspective of a diver's mask without even getting wet!